Microsoft TechEd 2014 — I’ll see you there!

May 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Conferences, Microsoft, Transcender news | 3 Comments
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TechEd 2014 is happening next week in Houston (May 12-15). If you haven’t already heard, this event is SOLD OUT, and no, you can’t just buy tickets from a scalper. (It looks like a limited number of Expo Only passes are available as of this writing, but that’s it.)

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Why all the hubbub to attend an annual event? What’s in it for you? Well, not only do you get to attend four days of presentations on the latest tech, but if you’re in the market to upgrade your resume, you’re in luck: Microsoft will be offering 50% off of all MCP exams to attendees at TechEd.

Study hall, free Transcender practice tests, and Hands-On Labs

Not only can you take your MCP exam at TechEd, but you’ll have plenty of support to prepare for your exam. There will be targeted exam prep sessions led by different MCT Ambassadors (check the TechEd schedule as times and locations are released/updated).

Or, you can escape the convention center and study using Transcender practice tests in a quiet environment (including our newly released  70-412, Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services R2). The Study Hall is located in Room 339 on level 3 of the Hilton Hotel this year. The workstations there will also provide you with free e-books and on-demand training from  the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). To get there, just take the sky bridge on the 3rd floor of the Convention Center across to the Hilton Hotel, 3rd level.

I believe one of the greatest features of TechEd is the Hands-On Lab. The Hands-On Lab offers you 214 different labs on different technologies that you can work through at your own pace. For example, if you do not have SQL Server 2014 installed at your office, or have access to a private cloud that you can practice with, the Hands-On Lab is the place to go.

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Where’s George? Find me and win a future practice test discount

Myself and the best MCTs on this planet will be working in the Hands-On Lab to help you through any technologies. I’ll also be available in the Study Hall to help set you up with practice tests and study materials.

If you can find me at the Hands-On Lab (or the Study Hall), come on up and say hello. Bonus points if you can pronounce my last name correctly — hint: it’s spelled “Monsalvatge.”

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If you see this smiling mug, snap a photo and post it to social media — or, better yet, snap a selfie WITH me in the frame tag us on Facebook, @Transcender , or Tweet us @TranscenderPrep and we’ll send you a post-show discount!  

Too shy to post your mug to social media? Closet social media Luddite? Not to worry.  You can just give me your contact information (business card, SMS) and I’ll make sure to email you the promo code after the show. 

How to score your 50% off (or FREE) certification exam sitting at TechEd

If you want to take an MCP exam at TechEd, I strongly recommend you schedule it in advance. To do so, go to Prometric.com and then follow these instructions:

  • Choose “United States,”  and then select Texas as the state.
  • Pick test center MC62 or MC63 at the George R Brown Convention Center.
  • You can take 74-409 – Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center for FREE with promo code TENA409.
  • For all other MCP exams, use TENA50 as the Promo Code to get your 50% discount.

If you’re already a TechEd ticket holder and you plan to take advantage of ExamDiscountpalooza, here’s a word of advice from my past experience: the best day to take exams is Sunday. Yes, the test center will be open from Sunday through Thursday, but knocking it out early on Sunday will ensure testing doesn’t overlap your other TechEd sessions. Furthermore, if you happen not to pass your exam, you can retake it after 24 hours have passed instead of paying full price after TechEd is over. And finally, signing up for an early slot lowers your chance of losing your exam seat to a walk-in registrant.

George’s Picks For Events

As a longtime TechEd attendee, I am always blown away by the amount of programming available. Here are my suggestions for the events I’ve marked as “must attend” at TechEd.

The TechExpo is held Monday night from 6-8:30 at the Convention Center. You get to meet the vendors, see what new products are available in the marketplace, and get some neat “swag.” And, oh yes, there is food and drink.

Straight after the TechExpo is the Certification Nation Celebration party. Just show your MCP ID to get in. If you do not have a MCP ID, this is a great opportunity to get certified. Check with the folks at the Study Hall where the celebration will be. You can mix and mingle and share testing stories with other candidates.

Tuesday is networking night from 6:30 to 8:30  at the Convention Center. Get the opportunity to make friends and find people in similar fields.

If you are female, you may want to check out the Women in Technology luncheon from  11:45 to 1:15 on Wednesday. This is another great opportunity to network.

Thursday is the Attendee party. If you have ever been to TechEd before, you know how fun this is. This will be at the Minute Maid park, the home of the Houston Astros or affectionately known as the “Juice Box”. I will see you there.

–George Monsalvatge

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  1. George, isn’t your comment rather sexist?

    “If you are female, you may want to check out the Women in Technology luncheon from 11:45 to 1:15 on Wednesday. This is another great opportunity to network.”

    The Women in Technology luncheon isn’t just for women, men attend too. The Women in Technology luncheon is about women working in the technology field which men are are part of.

    I tried to find the transcender booth and even asked at several of the Microsoft show floor assistance desks. All of them told me Transcender was not at TechEd this year. They even showed me in the list of vendors Transcender was not listed.

    If Transcender was there, where were you?

    • Hi, Robert. You are correct that Transcender did not have a regular exhibitor’s booth at TechEd this year. As George stated in his post, Transcender was the practice test provider for the TechEd Study Hall, aka Certification Central (see also Microsoft’s Born To Learn blog, http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/btl/b/weblog/archive/2014/05/11/certification-central-opens-today-at-teched-na-2014.aspx). As an MCT, George helped staff the Study Hall. He also spent a lot of time demonstrating technologies to students in the Hands-On Labs. Our Transcender Troll giveaways were a hot commodity, from what I hear.

    • I am not quite sure why George’s comment is “sexist.” While sexism is an acknowledged issue for IT, I don’t find letting women know there is a targeted networking event inherently sexist. The Women in Technology luncheon is an important resource for an underrepresented segment of the IT workforce (for example, only 6.75% of 2003 TechEd attendees were female), and we publicize it every year. See Robin’s recap, “TechEd 2010 New Orleans: A Woman’s Perspective“. There are, of course, no gender requirements to attend the luncheon; men are invited as well, and I hope you found the time to attend and gain some valuable insights yourself.

      Most data suggests that the IT workforce in the US has one female employee for every four male employees. I’m happy to say we exceed the curve at Transcender, where women make up one third of our subject matter experts, half of our executive management, and 100% of our editing staff.


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